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By Gerald L. Geernaert (auth.), G. L. Geernaert (eds.)

During the 1980's a wealth of knowledge was once pronounced from box and laboratory experiments so as to validate andlor adjust a number of elements of the skin layer Monin-Obukhov (M-O) similarity thought to be used over the ocean, and to introduce and attempt new suggestions with regards to excessive answer flux magnitudes and variabilities. for instance, facts from numerous box experiments carried out at the North Sea, Lake Ontario, and the Atlantic experiments, between others, yielded details at the dependence of the flux coefficients on wave nation. In all box tasks, the standard standards for pleasurable M-O similarity have been utilized. The assumptions of stationarity and homogeneity was once assumed to be correct over either small and massive scales. furthermore, the houses of the outer layer have been assumed to be "correlated" with houses of the skin layer. those assumptions ordinarily required that information have been averaged for spatial footprints representing scales more than 25 km (or commonly half-hour or longer for common windspeeds). whereas an increasing number of info turned to be had through the years, and the know-how utilized was once extra trustworthy, strong, and sturdy, the flux coefficients and different turbulent parameters nonetheless exhibited major unexplained scatter. because the scatter didn't exhibit adequate aid through the years to fulfill shopper wishes, regardless of more suitable know-how and heavy monetary investments, you'll be able to basically finish that maybe using similarity concept contained too many simplifications while utilized to environments that have been extra complex than formerly thought.

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Boundary layer phenomena included both the oceanic Langmuir circulations and the atmospheric large eddy states. Due to the complexity of the problem, direct numerical simulation, large eddy simulation, and various statistical techniques were applied to a variety of data sets collected from two dedicated sets of research experiments. The first set included measurements off the Califomia coast, using FLIP, ships, and aircraft, in 1995 and 1996; during the same years, the second set used an offshore mast in shallow water within the inner waters of Denmark.

As an illustration, for a measurement height of 10 m, a standard error variance of 10% requires an averaging distance X to be greater than 25 km. With Taylor's hypothesis, and using a mean windspeed of U=5 mlsec, a 10% level of error variance corresponds to a sampling time of 80 minutes. For a windspeed of 10 mlsec, a 40 minute averaging time to yield the same standard error would be required. These error constraints will be dealt with in later chapters. In the atmosphere, fluxes of momentum and heat tend to decrease monotonica11y with height throughout the depth of the boundary layer.

Similarity in the mixed layer and inversion are quite different from the surface layer and will not be dealt with here. The reader is referred to Stu11 (1987) for a review. 3 Physical Balances The fundamental form of the Navier-Stokes equations on a rotating system may be written as (after Shaw 1990): THEORY OF AIR-SEA MOMENTUM, HEAT AND GAS FLUXES 29 (2-6 ) wbere (2-7 ) wbere Q is tbe eartb's angular velocity, 1'\j is tbe unit vector along tbe axis of rotation, and tbe quantities, 1'\ and ~, are respectively tbe dynamic viscosity and tbe molecular viscosity for compressible flow.

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